William Whitelocke-Lloyd: The Irishman who Sketched the Zulu War

William Whitelocke-Lloyd: The Irishman who Sketched the Zulu War

When he finally reached the summit of the 680-foot-high outcrop, William Whitelocke-Lloyd must have experienced extraordinary emotions. The Zulus called this isolated butte Shiyane, meaning ‘eyebrow’, and certainly it offered a remarkable vantage point. [1] To the...

Overview: House Histories

OVERVIEW: HOUSE HISTORIES Nearly two hundred of Ireland’s “Big Houses” were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in the early 20th century. Hundreds more tragically disappeared in the ensuing decades. Thankfully there is now an influential body in position to prevent...
Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

One morning in the autumn of 1920, Commandant Sean Finn and members of the West Limerick Brigade of the IRA were lying low at a farmhouse near Foynes, Co. Limerick, when they espied two figures delicately making their way across the fields in their direction. The duo...
Hermione, Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895)

Hermione, Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895)

Those who knew the Duchess of Leinster best had probably envisioned an early demise. Before she moved to County Kildare in 1884, she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Western Europe. But in the ensuing decade, she had become a frail creature, much...
Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

On 13 May 1948, a plane crash in southern France ended the life of both Kick Kennedy, oldest sister of Jack and Bobby, and her lover, Peter, Earl Fitzwilliam. This story recounts the series of events that led up to the tragedy, and the remarkable Irish connections to...